Published by Bloomsbury ANZ on 24th March 2016
Boffins, Dymocks, Booktopia
War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.
At least, that’s what he thinks.
In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.
But no one gets what they want just by wishing.
As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?
It’s always hard to review the last book in a series, but just as hard to review one which is literally perfection personified. If you haven’t started The Winner’s Trilogy yet, I advise you to drop what you are doing and start – right now!
The Winner’s Trilogy is one of the most vividly lush fantasies I’ve read in a long time, and takes a special spot in my reader’s heart. The Winner’s Kiss is just as thrilling as the other two books in the series, and picks right up from the devastating ending that was The Winner’s Crime.
For someone who has always struggled with fantasy – and third person point of views – this series has just blown me away from Book One. Rutkoski has such a talent with weaving beautiful prose into an action packed storyline that leaves you breathless with every moment. For most of The Winner’s Kiss I was on the edge of my seat, breath held, wondering what could possibly happen next – and how it could all be wrapped up, leaving no stone unturned. Everything about The Winner’s Kiss was fast paced and filled with action.
As usual, the characters – every single one of them, from Arin and Kestrel to the Emperor and Kestrel’s father – were amazing. The comic relief that Roshar provided wasn’t over the top, and like I said in my review of The Winner’s Crime, the bromance between Roshar and Arin was probably one of the highlights. Arin and Kestrel – oh man, I can’t help but gush over them. Fictional Couple Award of 2016 right there. All their trials weren’t for naught, and I loved how even in the last book – right up to the last page – they were still growing, their strengths and weaknesses working around each other. What a perfect romance.
So basically, if you want to be emotionally wrecked from start to finish, then read this series. Because I can guarantee you (no money back!) you’ll fall in love just as much as I – and so many others – have done.